Volunteering England organised the week, when people took part in more than 200 events
More than 200 events have been held around the country to mark this year’s Volunteers’ Week.
The annual event, which ran from 1 to 7 June, was organised by Volunteering England and the theme for 2012 was ‘Inspire, Celebrate’.
Among the events to take place over the week was The Jubilee Hour – an initiative to get people to give 60 minutes of their time to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years as head of state.
Since its launch two weeks ago, more than 1.1 million hours have been pledged by individuals, families, communities and businesses.
Jonathan Haward, the initiative’s ambassador, said: "It has attracted a huge number of people who are new to volunteering and want an idea of what to do.
"This was an opportunity to show volunteering is fun and the idea of The Jubilee Hour was to muster as many people as we can."
Between now and November, the charity is aiming to get one million people to sign up to an hour of volunteer work by the end of the year.
On Merseyside, almost 6,000 children from local schools broke the world record to create the largest human Olympic rings. The event, which took place on the 1 June on Crosby Beach, was organised by Volunteer Centre Sefton.
Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England, said the week had been "another great success".
"All over the country organisations have been holding events to celebrate their volunteers and inspire more people to donate time to their community," he said.